Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Amanda and Elyot keep doing to the gramophone?

2. During their first period of silence, what do Amanda and Elyot do?

3. At the end of Act II, Victor and Sibyl walk into Amanda's apartment to find what?

4. What does Elyot do to help recover from the triple use of their code?

5. What annoys Amanda the most about Elyot's reaction to her post-marriage affairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

2. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

3. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

4. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

5. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

6. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

7. What are Amanda's beliefs?

8. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

9. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

10. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is it important that these characters are rich and upper-class? How would this play have changed if Amanda and Elyot were not as rich as they are written? Is the glamor and sophistication absolutely necessary? How does it affect the fights? Do you believe that this is meant to be a statement on the behaviors of the upper-class? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The stage directions and dialogue are very direct with how the characters should look. Discuss the physical characteristics, clothing, and age of each character and how it reflects upon each character. Why is it important that Sibyl is seven years younger than Elyot or that Victor is in his mid-thirties? What about the difference in costuming between Amanda and Sibyl? How do the characters appear to each other?

Essay Topic 3

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

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